How to Make Denim Rugs

By Cyndee Kromminga

Recycling can be an economical way to decorate your home. Instead of throwing out your old blue jeans, craft them into an attractive and functional rug. Two pair of blue jeans can create a pieced top to a simple throw rug. A recycled bath towel provides the cushy backing. This project is easy to sew and can be finished in less than an hour.

Cut off the legs from two pair of old adult-size blue jeans. Cut each leg open, along one seam, to give you a flat, single layer piece of fabric. Measure and cut eight strips, 5 inches wide by 21 inches long. Do not include the seams of the jeans in the strips. Each leg will give you two strips.

Place two strips together with the right sides facing and the edges matching. Pin one long edge together and sew, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Open the sewn together strips and lay right side up on your work surface. Place another strip, face down, on top of the sewn strips, matching one long edge with one long edge of the sewn strip. Pin the long edge together and sew, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the remaining strips.

Place the sewn together strips on your ironing surface, with the wrong side up. Iron each of the seams open. This is the finished top of the rug, measuring 21-inches wide by 33-inches long.

Place a terrycloth bath towel on your work surface. Lay the rug top on the towel with the right side down. Pin the rug top to the towel. Cut the towel, using the edges of the rug top as your guide.

Sew around the pinned edges of the rug, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance and leaving a 6-inch opening on one edge. Turn the rug right side out through the opening.

Iron the edges of the rug and pin the opening closed. Top stitch around all four edges of the rug, 1/4-inch from the edge. The top stitching will close the opening.

About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.